They needed new elastic ties - the elastic they use is a thick fabric coated type - Hum where to get that?
I cut off the metal centres - strung them through the holes in the castanets and put a bit of glue on the ends so they wouldn't fray. They turned out perfect!
So for $1.99 I have two new sets of perfectly fine castanets.
I also found these cute mini brass cymbals - I will change the ribbon when I find a nice one.
I'm not sure how to play them - I'll have to check that out!
They were $1.99 as well.
Update: I did some googling and I found out that these are cymbals used in India for folk music and dance.